In addition to the general academic program, a number of events will also take place as part of the EASR 2019 conference. All registered participants are invited to participate in these events.

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Tuesday, 25 June 2019 at 14:30-15:30 – Ülikooli 18, Assembly Hall

After registration, the conference will begin with the Opening Event, taking place in the Assembly Hall of the main building of the University of Tartu. The event will be immediately followed by the keynote lecture of Michael Stausberg.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019 at 19:00-21:00 – Turu 2, Dorpat Conference Centre at the Tasku Centre

Following the short academic program of the first day of the conference, everybody is invited to attend the Welcoming Reception to have an opportunity to relax with your colleagues in a more casual setting. Drinks and food will be served. Registration for the conference includes free entry to the Welcome Reception. This event will be held at Dorpat Conference Centre, located on the 4th floor of the adjoining Tasku Centre (Turu 2) offering a stunning view over Tartu.


Wednesday, 26 June 2019 at 18:15-20:00 – Jakobi 2 Lecture Theatre

This roundtable is intended as a general discussion forum about publishing in the context of the study of religion. It is particularly intended for PhD students and early career scholars who will have a chance to learn more about the publishing world and ask experienced editors as well as successful young scholars about issues related to publishing as such. The roundtable panellists will thus include two distinguished journal editors, two editors from well-known publishers and two young scholars of religion:

  • Michael Stausberg (editor of “Religion” and two book series about religion)
  • Gregory D. Alles (editor of “Numen”)
  • Joshua Wells (Routledge)
  • Valerie Hall (Equinox)
  • Jenny Butler (University College Cork)
  • James White (University of Tartu)

The panel will be chaired by Suzanne Owen (Leeds Trinity University)

Thursday, 27 June 2019 at 13:00-14:30 – Ülikooli 20, University Cafe restaurant
This special event offers all young scholars a chance to have a private lunch with a distinguished scholar of religion. The event takes place during regular lunch time on the third day of the conference at the University Cafe restaurant. Its participants will have a chance to discuss aspects of research and academic life in more depth with established researchers in a similar field of study.
One needs to apply to participate in this event.
For more information, see here.

Thursday, 27 June 2019

On the afternoon of the third day of the conference, we offer everybody a chance to choose between a number of different cultural activities. These enable you to know Tartu as well as its surroundings better. For more information about these events, please see the page devoted to the cultural activities.

NB! These events require pre-registration as part of your general registration and most of them are for an additional fee.

Thursday, 27 June 2019 at 19:00-21:00 – Gunpowder Cellar restaurant

The Dinner takes place in the evening of the third day of the conference. This will take place at the Gunpowder Cellar restaurant nearby the conference venue. The unique setting of this restaurant will offer a chance to enjoy excellent food and wine, while discussing and debating intriguing topics with your colleagues. For a glimpse of the restaurant, see: 

NB! This event is for an additional fee and you need to be registered to this event as part of your general registration.

Thursday, 27 June 2019 at 21:00 – The Genialistide Klubi

Following the dinner, the evening will conclude with the dance party. For this we have reserved the Genialistide Klubi nightclub in the centre of Tartu. This is one of the more popular places to party for the students in Tartu and for this one evening, all the participants of the conference will also have a chance to get a taste of it! This event is open to all registered participants of the conference and does not require any additional registration.

Roundtable. History of religions, Religious studies and funding opportunities: Marie Curie Sklodowska Action’s Meeting point

Organized by: Alessandro Saggioro (Sapienza University), Marianna Ferrara (Sapienza University and Ruhr University Bochum)

Time: June 28, 18:15-19:45.

The aim of this roundtable is to create an international network in the field of individual funding opportunities, with a special reference to the MCSA of the EU and to improve funding opportunities specifically in the field of the History of Religions and addresses current and potential fellows as well as current and potential supervisors to perform dissemination and research knowledge on how to concretely develop the intellectual skills and habits of mind that the humanities cultivate.

In these last years, the impact factor has gradually become the standard for academic excellence, while arts and humanities scholars have been increasingly encouraged in engaging in the elaboration and evaluation of research risks, milestones, and outcomes for successful projects and competition processes. Despite that, humanities and social science researchers seem to be able to get out of the isolated professional circles and reach wider audiences via accessible books and a variety of mass media. However, sometimes, the system for funding academic excellence overestimates the pattern of communication, forgetting that it is not necessarily a measure of the quality of performance.

In this scenario, the list of public and private funding opportunities in the social sciences, arts, and humanities are growing in number. National and international research centers and institutions offer funding for many types of grants and contracts, providing the possibility to establish fruitful collaborations among different countries, universities, and scholarships. At the same time, potential fellows have to face with the constant changing of eligibility criteria, application processes and deadlines, and with a normative discontinuity that sometimes affects even well established annual competitions. Such considerations are intended to remind that fellowships and grant funding need long training and a strong institutional support in view of successful projects.

For the roundtable’s objectives:

  • both former and ongoing fellows and supervisors are invited to intervene and share their experience as successful applicants and the results of their projects,
  • while potential fellows are invited to get information about action and networking with future interlocutors.
  • Scholars interested in engaging as potential supervisors are also invited to join the panel and share the hosting arrangements of their institution.

Expressions of interest for this roundtable are welcome:

Saturday, 29 June 2019 at 16:15-17:00 – Ülikooli 18, Assembly Hall

The conference will conclude in the same place as it began – in the main Assembly Hall of the main building of the University of Tartu. Here we hope to share some final thoughts and impressions of the conference and look ahead towards future conferences.